Headlined Guests

Medea Benjamin
Guest Occupation: Co-Founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK, Co-Founder of the human rights group Global Exchange
Guest Biography:

Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK and the co-founder of the human rights group Global Exchange. She has been an advocate for social justice for more than 40 years. Described as "one of America's most committed -- and most effective -- fighters for human rights" by New York Newsday, and "one of the high profile leaders of the peace movement" by the Los Angeles Times, she was one of 1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the millions of women who do the essential work of peace worldwide. She received numerous prizes, including: the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize from the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the Peace Prize by the US Peace Memorial, the Gandhi Peace Award, and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation Award. She is a former economist and nutritionist with the United Nations and World Health Organization.

In 2000, she was a Green Party candidate for the California Senate. During the 1990s, Medea focused her efforts on tackling the problem of unfair trade as promoted by the World Trade Organization. Widely credited as the woman who brought Nike to its knees and helped place the issue of sweatshops on the national agenda, Medea was a key player in the campaign that won a $20 million settlement from 27 US clothing retailers for the use of sweatshop labor in Saipan. She also pushed Starbucks and other companies to start carrying fair trade coffee.

Since the September 11, 2001 tragedy, Medea has been working to promote a U.S. foreign policy that would respect human rights and gain us allies instead of contributing to violence and undermining our international reputation. Medea has also been on the forefront of the anti-drone movement, publishing Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control in 2013. She organized the first-ever International Drone Summit, led delegations to Pakistan and Yemen to meet with drone strike victims, and directly questioned President Obama during his 2013 foreign policy address. The campaign against weaponized drones has helped reduce the number of civilian casualties and force the government to compensate the families of innocent victims. 

Medea’s work for justice in Israel/Palestine includes taking numerous delegations to Gaza, organizing the Gaza Freedom March in 2010, participating in the Freedom Flotillas and opposing the policies of the Israel lobby group AIPAC. In 2011 she was in Tahrir Square during the Egyptian uprising and in 2014 she was detained, beaten and deported by the Egyptian security forces. In 2012 she was part of a human rights delegation to Bahrain in support of democracy activists; she was tear-gassed, arrested and deported by the Bahraini government. In 2015 and 2018 she participated in Women Cross the DMZ, an international delegation of women calling for peace in Korea.

Her groundbreaking work on the negative consequences of the US-Saudi alliance include the 2016 book Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connectionand the 2016 International Summit on Saudi Arabia. Her latest book, Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran, is part of a campaign to prevent a war with Iran and instead promote normal trade and diplomatic relations. 

Medea is the author of ten books.  Her articles appear regularly in outlets such as The Guardian, The Huffington Post, CommonDreams, Alternet, and The Hill. Medea can be reached at: medea@codepink.org or @medeabenjamin.

If you'd like to book Medea Benjamin for an event, please contact Brienne at brienne@codepink.org.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, History, Kids & Family, Politics & Government, Self Help, Society and Culture, Variety
Greg Justice
Guest Occupation: Best-selling Author, Speaker and Fitness Entrepreneur
Guest Biography:

Greg Justice is a bestselling author, speaker and fitness entrepreneur.  He opened AYC Health & Fitness, Kansas City’s Original Personal Training Center in 1986. Greg is the CEO of Scriptor Publishing Group. He was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame in 2017.

Greg writes feature articles for many industry publications including Club Industry magazine, IDEA Fitness Journal and Personal Fitness Professional magazine. He has authored or co-authored more than 25 books.  Greg holds a master’s degree in HPER (exercise science) from Morehead State University in Morehead, KY. 

Guest Category: Entertainment, Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Sports & Recreation, Variety
Dr Robert Watkins
Guest Occupation: Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Vice Chief of Staff at Cedars-Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital, Co-Director of the Marina Spine Center
Guest Biography:

Robert Watkins IV, M.D., is co-director of the Marina Spine Center, as well as, Vice Chief of Staff and past Chairman of Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital. Dr. Watkins is a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon, specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery, computer-assisted surgery, and artificial disc replacement. His goal with surgery to provide the safest and least invasive procedure that has the best and longest lasting success.

Dr. Watkins, IV, is the spine surgeon for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Rams, and Los Angeles Clippers. He and his father together take care of the Los Angeles Kings, University of Southern California Athletic Department, and all of the other Los Angeles sports teams. They are the preeminent spine surgeons for athletes in America.

Dr. Watkins, IV, is the creator of the Back Doctor App, which is a comprehensive rehabilitation program for athletes and anyone with spine problems. He is also the creator of Dr. Robert Watkins Podcast, an extensive library of medical information related to spine pathology and treatment. Dr. Watkins, IV, believes in distributing this information freely to anyone in need in hopes of helping as many people as possible with non-surgical information.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Medicine, Self Help, Sports & Recreation, Variety
Guest Occupation: Singer,Songwriter,Musician,Producer
Guest Biography:

B  E  R  N  A  R  D

F  O  W  L  E  R





“It’s Rolling Stones songs deconstructed,” says Bernard Fowler, explaining the title of his new album Inside Out.  “I just took these songs and turned them inside-out.”

Bernard Fowler has another gig too: he’s sung and played percussion with the Rolling Stones, on stage and in the studio, since 1988.  At soundcheck somewhere along their 2015 Zip Code tour, he started riffing on a Stones song as dramatically delivered spoken-word — and the band dug it.  “Mick said, ‘Bernard, I’ve heard Rolling Stones songs done a lot of ways but never like this,’” Fowler recalls.  “I said, ‘Well, you know what?  When the tour is over, I’m going to cut it.’  And he said, ‘You should.’  That’s all I had to hear.  That was the green light.”

    And that’s how it came to be that one of rock and pop’s most sought-after singers doesn’t sing a note on his new record.

    Lots of people have celebrated Keith Richards’ iconic riffs, Mick Jagger’s trademark howl-and-strut, and the Rolling Stones’ blazing live show, but there’s never been such a thoughtful, soul-baring and thoroughly original appreciation of the band’s lyrics.  In order to do that, Fowler pared away the chord changes and even the melodies and left only the words, then declaimed them like the world’s coolest preacher atop slammin’ grooves powered by a who’s who of crackerjack players.  It’s not quite singing, but only a peerless vocalist could pull it off so powerfully, his incantations seething with righteous anger, foreboding and desire.   

    That strong feeling of back-in-the-day New York is where the autobiography comes in.  Growing up in New York City’s predominantly black and Puerto Rican Queens Bridge Projects, Fowler listened to a lot of funk and R&B.  Maybe that’s why Inside Out is laced with references to touchstones like James Brown (“Dancing with Mr. D”), War and the Chambers Brothers (“Time Waits for No One”), Curtis Mayfield (“Sister Morphine”) and any number of ‘70s funkateers.  And it just so happens that the first record Fowler’s dad ever gave him was 12 x 5 — the second album by up-and-coming British R&B combo the Rolling Stones.      

        The full-band tracks feature top-shelf players: long-time Stones bassist Darryl Jones, former Miles Davis drummer/producer Vince Wilburn, Jr., guitarist George Evans and pop/R&B session heavyweight Michael Bearden on piano.  Drummer Clayton Cameron, renowned as “the Brush Master,” added extra texture.  Then Fowler called in guitarist Ray Parker, Jr.  “He came over, plugged in and started playing,” says Fowler, “and I was screaming.  Everybody was screaming.  He was killing it.  Killing it.”  Listen for Parker’s work on “Time Waits for No One” and “Sister Morphine.”

    Inside Out demonstrates what cover versions are supposed to be: reinterpretations that are not only a vehicle for personal expression, but also put the material in a new light.  “People hear their favorite songs all the time — but sometimes they don’t really hear them,” Fowler says.  “This is a way to hear them all over again and appreciate them in a whole new way.”  But the beauty of Inside Out is that it provides an opportunity to appreciate Bernard Fowler in a whole new way too. 

Purchase the latest album from Bernard Fowler entitled Inside Out

at amazon.com

For more information about Bernard Fowler visit …

http://bernardfowler.com/   …official site

https://www.facebook.com/Bernard-Fowler-53914170900/?ref=hl   …Facebook

https://www.rollingstones.com/   … Rolling Stones official website



JUL ‘19

03     – FedEx Field Washington, DC   

07     – Gillette Stadium Foxboro, MA 

14     – Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA    

19     – TIAA Bank Field Jacksonville, FL     

23     – Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia, PA 

27     – NRG Stadium Houston, TX       

AUG ‘19

01     – MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, NJ

05     – MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, NJ

10     – Broncos Stadium at Mile High Denver, CO        

14     – CenturyLink Field Seattle, WA 

18     – Levi’s® Stadium Santa Clara, CA     

22     – The Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA  

26     – State Farm Stadium Glendale, AZ     

31     – Hard Rock Stadium Miami, FL


Recordings with The Rolling Stones and their solo projects

(1985) She's the Boss (Mick Jagger)

(1989) Steel Wheels (Rolling Stones)

(1991) Flashpoint (Rolling Stones)

(1992) Tribute to Charlie Parker with Strings (Charlie Watts)

(1992) Slide on This (Ronnie Wood)

(1992) Main Offender (Keith Richards)

(1993) Warm and Tender (Charlie Watts)

(1993) Slide on Live: Plugged in and Standing (Ronnie Wood)

(1993) Jump Back (Rolling Stones)

(1994) Voodoo Lounge (Rolling Stones)

(1995) Stripped (Rolling Stones)

(1996) Long Ago and Far Away (Charlie Watts)

(1997) Bridges to Babylon (Rolling Stones)

(1998) No Security (Rolling Stones)

(2000) Live and Eclectic (Ronnie Wood)

(2002) Forty Licks (Rolling Stones)

(2004) Live Licks (Rolling Stones)

(2005) A Bigger Bang (Rolling Stones)

(2005) Rarities 1971–2003 (Rolling Stones)

(2008) Shine a Light (Rolling Stones)

(2010) I Feel Like Playing (Ronnie Wood)

Guest Category: Arts, Entertainment, Music, TV & Film
John Stamos, actor
Guest Occupation: Actor
Guest Biography:

John Stamos

Emmy® nominated actor and producer, John Stamos continues to captivate audiences with an array of multi-faceted performances across television, film and theater.
With a career spanning more than 30 years, Stamos has become one of the most revered television stars of his generation.

Read More at: https://www.biography.com/actor/john-stamos
Read More at: http://johnstamos.com/bio
Read More at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Stamos


Guest Category: Arts, Performing Arts, Entertainment, TV & Film
Guest Occupation: Singer/Songwriter
Guest Biography:

M  I  T  C  H

R  Y  D  E  R




The unsung heart and soul of the Motor City rock & roll scene, Mitch Ryder was simply one of the most powerful vocalists to rise to fame in the '60s, a full-bodied rock belter who was also one of the most credible blue-eyed soul men of his generation. He first made a nationwide impression fronting Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, whose fiery R&B attack boasted a gritty passion and incendiary energy matched by few artists on either side of the color line. After exploding onto the charts in 1966 and 1967 with singles like "Jenny Take a Ride" and "Devil with a Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly," and "Sock It to Me Baby!"

After wowing audiences with a rollicking Christmas-themed release at the close of 2018, the icon of Detroit rock and soul, Mitch Ryder, returns with this superb collection of all-new recordings – Detroit Breakout! The album celebrates both the music of Detroit as well as the classic, timeless songs of Ryder’s generation. From a smokin’ new version of Ryder’s own blockbuster hit single “Devil With A Blue Dress On” to The Capitols’ “Cool Jerk” to Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay, Detroit Breakout! has something for every true rock n’ roller including special guest performances by fellow Motor City alumni James Williamson of The Stooges and Wayne Kramer of MC5 as well as blues legends Joe Louis Walker and Arthur Adams PLUS the New York Dolls’ Sylvain Sylvain, The Runaways’ Cherie Currie, daughter of B.B. King, Shirley King and more! Detroit Breakout is available now at amazon.com.

Detroit Music Legend MITCH RYDER Reimagines 14 Soul & Rock Classics With The Help Of An All-Star Cast Of Friends!

Featuring guest appearances by Cherie Currie, James Williamson, Wayne Kramer, Brian Auger, Sylvain Sylvain, Walter Lure, Arthur Adams, Big Joe Louis & others!

PURCHASE Mitch Ryder’s new album DETROIT BREAKOUT! at amazon.com

Also purchase Mitch Ryder’s book: Devils & Blue Dresses. .  Ryder's no-holds-barred autobiography is probably one of the most honest books ever published about a rock and roll star. Ryder bares his heart and soul as he attempts to come to grips with the reasons behind his often self-destructive behavior and the personal carnage often left in its wake. 

By Mitch Ryder, 2011. Also available at amazon.com

Guest Category: Arts, Entertainment, Music, TV & Film
Sandy Anastasi
Guest Occupation: International channel, psychic
Guest Biography:
About Sandy Anastasi
"My vision is to help each man, woman and child connect with their inherent psychic ability. I believe that each person has the potential to tap into their abilities and access them to empower their life and reach their full potential. - Sandy Anastasi"
Like many who realize their psychic gifts later in life, Sandy Anastasi awakened to her abilities in her late 20’s. She understood that many people develop deep psychological problems because their psychic abilities are misunderstood and often blocked. These insights and an inner need to pass on her knowledge and abilities led her to begin teaching others to develop their own psychic gifts. She believes that if you are psychic, you MUST use your gifts, or at least learn to control them, or they will use you!
Major Media Appearances
Sandy has appeared on national TV along side friend, colleague, and former student John Edward.
Sandy has many psychic gifts, but she believes her greatest to be the ability to identify and emulate the gifts of others. Because of that she is uniquely suited to teach people to open and develop those very gifts in themselves.
Sandy has been a professional psychic and astrologer since 1979. She holds a B.S. degree from Adelphi University and has teaching certifications in several fields. In addition to teaching, Sandy has worked as a Safety Engineer, and owned her own small book store for many years before retiring to become a full time psychic counselor, writer and teacher. Sandy’s writings include books on Astrology, Kabbala, and Tarot, as well as psychic development.
Internationally-renowned psychic channel Sandy Anastasi has established herself as one of the preeminent teachers of our time. With more than 30 years of experience, Sandy is a leading expert in Psychic Development, Astrology and Tarot. Through Sandy’s classes, workshops, lectures and appearances, she is able to share her knowledge to help people enhance their lives.
Sandy was a significant contributor to psychic medium John Edward’s Web site, InfiniteQuest.Com, which launched June 12th, 2009, and provided valuable insight alongside some of the nation’s top metaphysical teachers for three years.
Sandy has also appeared on many radio and television shows over the years, most notably Crossing Over and Cross Country – both television shows hosted by her good friend and former student, John Edward.
Infinite Quest by John Edward – “This book is dedicated to Sandy Anastasi for helping me harness and train my ability, and shape and develop my teaching.” — Psychic Medium John Edward
With more than 30 years of teaching experience, Sandy Anastasi has been successfully training students, teachers, and professional psychics worldwide how to open, develop, and master their psychic abilities. Created from her live workshop material, the Anastasi System of Psychic Development is ideally suited for the aspiring psychic, channel, or psychic medium.
Guest Category: Courses & Training, Entertainment, Paranormal, Personal Development, Motivational, Spiritual, Access Consciousness, Medium & Channeling, Psychic & Intuitive
Guest Occupation: Multi-Instrumentalist-Singer-Songwriter-Producer-Military Advisor
Guest Biography:

J  E  F  F

"S  K  U  N  K"

B  A  X  T  E  R






While working at Jimmy’s Music Shop in Manhattan in 1966, Baxter met guitarist Jimi Hendrix, who was just beginning his career as a frontman. For a short period during that year, Baxter was a member of a Hendrix-led band called Jimmy James and the Blue Flames, along with Manny’s employee Randy California.

With Steely Dan

After the breakup of Ultimate Spinach, Baxter relocated to Los Angeles, California, finding work as a session guitarist. In 1972 he became a founding member of the band Steely Dan, along with guitarist-bassist Walter Becker, keyboardist Donald Fagen, guitarist Denny Dias, drummer Jim Hodder and vocalist David Palmer. Becker and Fagen were employed at the time as staff songwriters for ABC Records, and they formed the band as a vehicle to promote their songs.

Baxter appeared with Steely Dan on their first three albums, Can’t Buy a Thrill in 1972, Countdown to Ecstasy in 1973, and Pretzel Logic in 1974. Among his contributions were guitar solos on the 1974 hit single “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” and “My Old School.

With the Doobie Brothers

While finishing work on Pretzel Logic, Baxter became aware of Becker and Fagen’s intentions to retire Steely Dan from touring, With that in mind, Baxter left the band in 1974 to join The Doobie Brothers, who at the time were touring in support of their fourth album What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits. As a session man, he played on Vices as well as playing pedal steel on “South City Midnight Lady” on its predecessor, The Captain and Me. Baxter’s first album as a full member of the group was 1975’s Stampede. Baxter contributed an acoustic interlude entitled “Precis,” significant turns on slide and pedal steel guitar, and the guitar solo for the hit single “Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)”.

Baxter jammed with former White House Press Secretary and close friend Tony Snow’s band Beats Workin at the Congressional Picnic held on the South Lawn of the White House.

Defense consulting career

Baxter fell into his second profession almost by accident. In the mid-1980s, Baxter’s interest in music recording technology led him to wonder about hardware and software that was originally developed for military use, i.e. data-compression algorithms and large-capacity storage devices. As it happened, his next-door neighbor was a retired engineer who had worked on the Sidewinder missile program. This neighbor bought Baxter a subscription to an aviation magazine, provoking his interest in additional military-oriented publications and missile defense systems in particular. He became self-taught in this area, and at one point he wrote a five-page paper that proposed converting the ship-based anti-aircraft Aegis system into a rudimentary missile defense system. He gave the paper to California Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher, and his career as a defense consultant began.


The largest classic rock benefits for U.S. Vets happening this Fourth Of July weekend –The “American Vinyl Festival.”

This event will feature The American Vinyl All Star Band (AVASB), comprising Jeffrey “Skunk” Baxter (Doobie Bothers/Steely Dan), Barry Goudreau (formerly of Boston), Robert “Mousey” Thompson (James Brown), Leroy “LRS” Romans (The Wailers/3rd World), Tim Archibald (RTZ/Peter Wolf) and Danny Beissel (Fosterchild), as the event’s headliners.

An onslaught of special guests will also be lending their musical talents to the day, including: Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver), Wally Palmer (The Romantics), The Uptown Horns (The Rolling Stones), Conrad Korsch (The Rod Stewart Band), Brian Quinn (Candlebox), Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), and Phil Stokes (Pure Prairie League).

The “American Vinyl Festival” will support Freedom Drives U.S. Inc., a not-for-profit charity engaged in the facilitation of mobility converted vehicles other than minivans for veterans with mobility needs.

Sat, July 6, 2019 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Location Suicide Six Downhill Ski Area 247 Stage Road

Pomfret, VT 05067

The event kicks off at 5 PM ET and will include food vendors, merchants and a silent auction. Tickets are $20 - $65 and veterans get in free with a ticketed guest.

Tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-american-vinyl-music-festival-tickets-61571182063

For more information about AVASB visit https://www.americanvinylallstarband.net

Guest Category: Education, Entertainment, Military, Music, News, Politics & Government, TV & Film
Michael Kline
Guest Occupation: Financial & Investment Specialist & On Air Consultant at Business First AM Radio
Guest Biography:

Michael B. Kline, LUTCF, CLU, is a Registered Representative and Investment Adviser Representative of Equity Services, Inc. and offers securities in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, and Wisconsin. He is also insurance-licensed in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and an 'On Air Consultant' at Business First AM Radio.

Guest Category: Entertainment, Kids & Family, Self Help, Variety
Nancy Novack     15 year stage IV ovarian cancer survivor
Guest Occupation: psychologist author speaker
Guest Biography:

My guest, Nancy Novack, was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer in 2004. It had metastasized into her liver. She was too happily innocent about the cancer world and said two now-remarkable things: “Thank goodness, it is not appendicitis,” and “What is stage V?”

Nancy says she is oftentimes asked what she did that was so unique, so mysterious that she survived a lethal dose of cancer, the silent killer as ovarian cancer is often called. She says she was extraordinarily fortunate to have an excellent psychologist who worked closely with her to define and refine her personal relationship to her own cancer. She was blessed with a magnificent A-team of friends and family and so many angels that embraced her. She says the opening of my heart to new loves and old brought forth an attitude of blessed gratitude that I had never known before. When I read and re-read the stories written by cancer survivors, I see the universality of the attitude of gratitude in the process of healing.”

Nancy’s mission since her “cancer journey” is all about determining the unmet needs of cancer patients, especially the emotional aspects, and doing her best to find a way to fill them. She is a psychologist and has significant concerns that the medical community does not address the levels of anxiety and stress and existential chaos that come with a cancer diagnosis … all of which get in the way of healing. Her Foundation Nancy’s List supports the emotional well-being of all those who are living with cancer … the patients and those who love and care for them.

Her path started with finding ways to assist cancer patients with a national listing of financial assistance programs available to the cancer community.  She was profoundly troubled that these kindred souls were experiencing so much fear and anxiety about their finances. How would that reality affect the possibility of their recovery? She vowed to make a difference and knew that financial assistance was out there somewhere and she was determined to make it accessible. She received a 501 ©(3) non-profit status in 2006 and launched her first website. Nancy’s List was intended to be simply a list of financial resources and her intention was to educate cancer patients and their loved ones and the healing professionals who serve them about the accessibility of these programs.

At the same time, she created a community call-to-action in the San Francisco Bay Area to reach out and support the courage, bravery, and resilience of our neighbors.  Through the Nancy’s List programs, cancer patients and their loved ones found community, strength, courage, pleasure, and healing relationships. There is healing power when one is connected to the larger community, especially when you are experiencing fear, loneliness, isolation, and uncertainty. It means everything to know your neighbors are looking out for you. And it is a very good thing to meet kindred souls along the path.

I Am With You: Love Letters to Cancer Patients is a powerful book for the newly diagnosed patient, for those who are going through treatment or have entered remission, for loved ones, and for everyone else in the world.  She created the anthology with 42 authors who truly share her vision, passion, and mission. It brings hope and courage to patients when they need inspiration, when they are feeling the loneliness and fear and anger and loss that go hand in hand with a cancer diagnosis, when they need comfort and a warm heart and a hand to hold. The book offers connection to kindred spirits who ‘know’.

Nancy is now developing a comprehensive national directory of integrative healing practitioners who offer their services (and their souls) to deepen the healing process.  The goal is for all cancer patients to have the opportunity to experience healing other than their dreadful visits to the infusion rooms, radiation offices, and more. She wants to educate patients and healing professionals about the enormous benefits of integrative healing services AND the accessibility of these therapies. The process is very simple. They write a blurb, add a jpg and contact info, email Nancy at Nancy@NancysList.org, and she post it on the comprehensive directory.

Guest Category: Education, Health & Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology, Self Help
Guest Occupation: Multi-instrumentalist-Singer
Guest Biography:

G  A  R  Y

P  I  H  L



B O S T O N  &  A L L I A N C E





Raised in the suburbs of Chicago for the first 12 years of his life, Gary Pihl relocated to the San Francisco Bay area.  At 19, Gary had his recording debut with Day Blindness in 1969. He says, “After my time in Day Blindness, I was in a band called Fox with Roy Garcia and Johnny V (Vernazza), who went on to play in Elvin Bishop’s band.  We were on shows with Free (with Paul Rogers), Janis Joplin, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Eric Burdon and War and Mose Allison.”

Pihl’s first big break in came in 1977, when he joined Sammy Hagar’s band, where he toured and recorded for 8 years. Gary met Tom Scholz when Hagar was opening for BOSTON between ’77 and ’79. In 1985, Sammy joined Van Halen, however, Pihl didn’t miss a beat. He explains, “Tom called me up when he was working on the Third Stage album, he had one more song left to be recorded and asked me if I’d come out to work with him on it. As it turned out, I flew directly from Farm Aid (my last gig with Hagar) to Boston, so I wasn’t out of work for a day. I thought, how lucky could a guy get?”

Alliance is one of the best melodic hard rock bands you’ve probably never heard of even though the band has collaborated together for nearly 30 years and counting.

Featuring longtime and current Boston guitarist Gary Pihl (a Boston member since 1985 who’s performed on the band’s last four studio albums and who also did a lengthy stint as Sammy Hagar’s guitarist prior to Hagar joining Van Halen), former Sammy Hagar drummer David Lauser (whose ties with Sammy go back to Hagar’s earliest musical days and who performed with Sammy for years in his solo band and with Sammy’s Waboritas) and Alliance lead vocalist/bassist/songwriter Robert Berry, who is also currently the bassist with the Greg Kihn Band and formerly with the Keith Emerson/Carl Palmer trio 3.

During those 30 years, the band has released five highly regarded albums – Bond of Union (1996), Alliance (1997), Missing Piece (1999), Destination Known (2007) and Road to Heaven (2008) – all of which reveal their amazing musicianship, well-crafted songwriting and tight ensemble playing.

These talents are again on full display with the release of the band’s sixth and latest album, the brand-new Fire and Grace (Escape Records).  Melodic, driving hard rock at its finest, this is one great record.

Purchase the brand-new album from Alliance entitled ‘Fire and Grace’ at amazon.com

For more information about Gary Pihl visit …

Link to the Alliance website: http://www.robertberry.com/alliance.html

Link to Boston’s website: https://bandboston.com 

Link to info on the new album, Fire and Grace:  


Guest Category: Arts, Entertainment, Music, TV & Film
Dr Kathleen M Weber
Guest Occupation: Team Physician for Chicago Bulls & White Sox, President MLB Teams Physicians Assoc
Guest Biography:

Dr. Weber, the Director of Primary Care/Sports Medicine and Women's Sports Medicine at Rush University Medical Center, possesses a unique expertise with the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal issues. In addition, she is the Founder and the Director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship at Rush University Medical Center. She has taught numerous medical students, residents, and fellows and is the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in patient care and teaching. Dr. Weber serves on the board of Girls in the Game and was honored in 2006 as their Health Champion. Dr. Weber has published many articles, book chapters and is an active researcher. A former college athlete, she has been involved in athletics as a team physician, an exercise physiologist, and as an avid athlete. 

Dr. Weber's reputation as a leading sports medicine physician is enhanced by her remarkable activity in the treatment of high-level professional athletes. She serves as the head primary care sports medicine team physician for the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago White Sox and the head team physician for the Chicago Force Women's Football. She also serves as co-head team physician for the DePaul Blue Demons and the physician for the Hubbard Street Dance and the River North Dance Companies. In addition, she is a member of the LPGA Medical Advisory Board. She is on numerous committees including the NBA Team Physicians Executive Committee, NBA Research Committee, MLB Concussion Committee, and MLB Research Committee. Dr. Weber has been involved with the MLB Medical Advisory Board for multiple years and is the first women elected President of the MLB Team Physicians Association. 

She and her family live in Chicago.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Sports & Recreation, Variety
Robin Quinn Keehn
Guest Occupation: Business owner at “Raising Quit Proof Kids”
Guest Biography:

Robin Quinn Keehn has had years of experience running businesses that center around teaching and mentoring. A former music & dance studio owner with more than 60 employees and thousands of students, Robin has a passion for helping parents, teachers & coaches raise kids that stick with activities. Her method is applicable to nearly all team units – from corporate organizations to families. Her focus is on presence, intention and commitment. A former music & dance studio owner and mother of four, Robin has coached hundreds of entrepreneurs around the world and facilitates a Mastermind group for studio owners.

Robin is passionate about ending ‘Quit-itis’--kids quitting prematurely and habitually. She’s seen how quitting impacts businesses, especially those whose goals focus on developing skills, abilities and talents in kids. She also knows from teaching music to thousands of kids for over 25 years, that parents don’t know what to do about kids quitting. Robin’s committed to changing the culture of quitting and helping both businesses and families thrive.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Sports & Recreation, Variety
Laurie McQuary
Guest Occupation: psychic and medium
Guest Biography:


It is no secret that Laurie has semi-retired and has closed her office in Lake Oswego, Oregon that she  had for more than thirty years. We have moved to Central Oregon to a beautiful rural area a few miles outside of Redmond. The property has been owned by us for several years but we only had a house built there during the last few months. We began moving in during the last half of July, 2015 and now have a very modest 2600 square foot home with two unattached garages on two acres overlooking a big canyon.

Laurie spent several months looking at homes, modular homes and other types of construction in the Portland area before she selected a floor plan that she liked and had the builder convert her ideas into a stick-built home that would be appropriate for our new area. Laurie selected all the appliances, interior colors, kitchen layout and even purchased quite a bit of new bedroom furniture and other items for the house. For my part, I was left in charge of the two garages and have all my woodworking and auto repair tools in the larger of the two garages.

Laurie has outfitted her home office with her computer, landline phones and recording equipment and has resumed a scaled down business, albeit just on the phone so far. She has not decided whether to open an office in Bend or Redmond or to travel a few times a month to those areas or to Portland for personal readings. The concept of being semi-retired is difficult for her to accept. She has resumed talking to large groups and has several speaking engagements planned.

One of the pluses of living in a rural area is the wildlife. There are many deer, cottontail bunnies, jackrabbits, quail, doves, ground squirrels and other critters in our front yard on a daily basis. Central Oregon is generally described as being Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson Counties in the middle of the state. This would encompass cities like Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Terrebonne and Madras along with a myriad of small cities included. The general area is known for deep canyons, rivers, Juniper trees and sagebrush. Many years ago Laurie worked at the hospital in Madras while living in a town called Culver next to Lake Billy Chinook. She fell in love with the region then and always thought she would return to the area.

In addition to offering psychic assistance to over 7,000 personal and business clients over the past 33 years, she has also worked on more than 500 cases (several being internationally known). While the specifics of whom she has helped are confidential in nature, her work on nationally televised cases continues on into today. Laurie has worked domestically as well as internationally with many law enforcement agencies.

Laurie has been profiled on The Lifetime Channel for her work in this field, on a special called “Beyond Chance” – her extensive media coverage and experience also includes 52 television appearances, 21 radio shows, and  being highlighted in 4 books. In addition, the murder case in which Laurie met her police detective husband (me) has been filmed by six separate production companies and made into half hour television shows. Laurie and Bob have even gone to Japan and filmed the case there using Japanese actors in addition to Bob and Laurie.

Guest Category: Business, Entertainment, Kids & Family, Paranormal, Ghosts, Philosophy, Spiritual, Access Consciousness, Psychic & Intuitive
Nofiarennea Morales, Kabbalah numerologist
Guest Occupation: Kabbalah numerologist
Guest Biography:

International name expert Sharón Lynn Wyeth is the Founder and Creator of Neimology® Science, the study of the placement of the letters in a name which determines one’s personality predispositions, after 15 years of research followed by 3 years of testing in over 70 countries. She has evaluated thousands of names since 1995.  Her bestselling book, Know the Name; Know the Person is the first in the sequence, followed by Know the Name; Know the Spirit and Know the Name; Know How to Connect. You may have seen her on Good Day LA, New York City’s Fox News, Good Morning Arizona, and in various other cities on NBC, CBS, & ABC or have heard her interviewed on any one of hundreds of radio shows.

Guest Category: Arts, Education, Entertainment, Kids & Family, Paranormal, Mental Health, Personal Development, Self Help, Spiritual
Guest Occupation: Chicago Area Manager & Commercial Fitness Consultant with Fitness Factory
Guest Biography:
Darin Daniels has earned a reputation for building fitness environments that meet the continuing and ever -evolving needs of clients and customers to multi-family housing communities, spas, health clubs, colleges, medical, resorts, PT, first responders, and more.
With nearly 30 years of experience in the fitness industry, Darin Daniels listens to your concerns, ideas, goals, and dreams to provide the best solutions possible to make your facility the best it can be.
He competed at the National Level in the ADFPA powerlifting Federation before switching over and competing at the National Level in Olympic Weightlifting. During this time he became a Coach for both Powerlifting and Olympic Weightlifting.
While working towards a degree in Health & Fitness Technology he obtained certifications from USAW, ACSM, NSCA and ACE and was a personal Trainer in the Seattle Washington area. He eventually became a Strength & Conditioning coach. Darin worked with the Seattle Supersonics running their Youth camps, was an Assistant to Peter Schmock, former Seattle Mariners strength coach, and was a Strength Coach for the Seattle Reign, women’s Pro basketball team.

During this time he also developed Strength & Conditioning programs for the Seattle Metropolitan High Schools and was a contributor to the Seattle times “On Fitness” Section.

Darin later opened three fitness centers and went on to become a partner in Fitness 19 helping to open over 160 clubs nationwide. After selling in 2012 he took up Crossfit and later came to the Fitness Factory.

Darin attends annual conferences, trainings, and trade shows to keep current with fitness equipment providers. These conferences enable him to offer you the most up-to-date information on the industry and its products.

Darin is a Commercial Fitness Consultant with the Fitness Factory as well as the Chicago area manager. The Fitness Factory, Since 1988, has made purchasing fitness equipment fast, easy, convenient and affordable.

The leader in Residential and Commercial exercise equipment, Fitness Factory’s diverse product offerings include high-quality cardio and strength equipment, free weights, power racks & rigs, cross training accessories and much more.

Along with Body Solid we carry over 600 products and distribute to over 60 different countries.

Guest Category: Business, Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Sports & Recreation, Variety
Joy Kong, MD
Guest Occupation: Multi Specialty Regenerative & Anti-Aging Medicine MD, Founder of Chara Biologics
Guest Biography:
Joy Kong, M.D. is a UCLA-trained, triple board-certified physician (American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, American Board of Addiction Medicine, and American Board Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine). She is the president of Thea Center for Regenerative Medicine in Los Angeles, California, where she specializes in stem cell treatments to improve the functions of diverse organ systems in the body, as well as for preventative and wellness purposes. She is also the medical director for Avalon Surgery Center, overseeing all regenerative medicine treatments.
Dr. Kong is an educator in regenerative medicine arena, and founded American Academy of Integrative Cell Therapy, where she provides physician training on the science, clinical evidence and aspects of clinical practice of stem cell treatments. She has developed unique stem cell treatment protocols, including patent-pending intranasal and needle-free male & female sexual wellness protocols. Dr. Kong is the founder and CEO of Chara Biologics, a company dedicated to providing cutting-edge regenerative medicine products in the US and the global market, providing the most innovative and comprehensive stem cell products on the market. She is also a
board member of American Association of Stem Cell Physicians, is a proponent of conducting high quality clinical research, and is a medical consultant for stem cell research projects.
Dr. Kong is a firm believer in the therapeutic potentials of cell therapy, has lectured nationally and internationally on stem cell treatments, exchanged ideas with top stem cell scientists from around the globe, and worked closely with various cell laboratories in this country. Her goal is to serve as a force of integrity, high standard and innovation in the industry, and help move the field of regenerative medicine forward. Dr. Kong was recognized for her contribution to the field of stem cell therapy, and was awarded the "Top Doctor of the Year in Stem Cell Therapy of 2019" by the prestigious IAOTP (International Association of Top Professionals).
Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Medicine, Science, Self Help, Variety
Kelly Falardeau
Guest Biography:

 How to Persevere in Today’s Demanding World?

At the age of 2, Kelly was severely burned over 75% of her body in her childhood home. Her life was forever changed in that moment. It led to numerous surgeries throughout her life. Because her scars are so visible it led to a life of being highly visible, to being bullied, to being shunned, to being avoided because they were uncomfortable knowing how to talk to her, and to her not feeling wanted, needed or even loved.

But she has a beautiful story of discovering for herself that she wanted herself, she needed herself and most of that she loved herself. She became herself and she owned who she was. She was not defined by what happened to her, not by any event that happened to her.

S​he met someone special and fell in love and had three beautiful children. 24 years later she learned even more about herself and her strength and divorced her husband and became a single mother. Her strength comes from within and knowing who she is. This led to eventually trying painting and the inspiration for this blanket. The image on this blanket is one her first original works and the message is her message to anyone going through similar struggles that she has experienced in her life.

Kelly found a way to go from near-death to success; from the ugly scar-faced girl to the Top 10 Most Powerful and Influential Speaker, Fierce Woman of the Year, Best-Selling Author (4 times), recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and most recently a YWCA Woman of Distinction 2013.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Medicine, Self Help, Society and Culture, TV & Film
Johnny Barnes
Guest Occupation: Trial Attorney and Expert on Civil Liberties and the Federal and Local Legislative Process
Guest Biography:

Johnny Barnes is the self-described “People’s Lawyer” who spent more than a quarter of a century in various Congressional staff positions, including service as Chief of Staff for three Members of Congress. In addition, he has taught law and college courses at area schools and has practiced law in the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. Of his time spent in the Virgin Islands as a trial lawyer, Barnes unapologetically states, “Someone had to do it.  So I made the sacrifice.”

Other related experience includes his appointment as the first male Member of the D.C. Commission for Women; as a Member of the D.C. Commission on Residential Mortgage Investment, an entity that tackled the prevalent problem of redlining and mortgage loan discrimination; as a Member of the D.C. Human Rights Commission; and as an attorney on a Special Task Force that addressed ill treatment of small Minority farmers by the Reagan and Bush administrations and discrimination by rural loan officers. That activity resulted in a resolution --- supported by the Congressional Republican Leadership --- in which billions of dollars was slated to flow to the Minority farmers. Barnes is particularly proud of the role he played in helping to create the “Street Law” Program at Georgetown University Law Center; a program that began in two D.C. High Schools and is now taught throughout the United States in schools and prisons and in thirty-five foreign countries.

A Distinguished Military Graduate, Commissioned and Honorably Discharged, Regular Army, Combat Engineer Officer, Barnes graduated, Cum Laude, from Central State University and received his Juris Doctor Degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He is the Father of two grown sons, a grown daughter and three grandchildren; his latest, a girl, is named in part after his Mother, Pinkie, who Barnes believes was a modern day Saint on earth. Barnes recently retired after serving a decade as the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union for the Nation’s Capital. He is currently in private law practice as a trial lawyer, taking and litigating select “cause” cases.

During his time at the ACLU-NCA, he led several successful efforts to conserve the Constitution and preserve the Bill of Rights. Among those efforts were resisting the proliferation of video surveillance cameras in D.C.; fighting against proposed warrantless searches by the D.C. Police; standing up against unconstitutional police checkpoints in the Trinidad Neighborhood; and pushing back against the Secure Communities program in behalf of D.C.’s Immigrant population.  Barnes recently worked with several interns in updating and completing a soon-to-be-released law article on D.C. Statehood, the unfinished human rights business in America. He continues to devote much of his time to the quest for D.C. Statehood and predicts it will happen in our lifetime.

Guest Category: History, Kids & Family, Politics & Government, Self Help, Society and Culture, Variety
Guest Occupation: Nutritional Consultant
Guest Biography:

Miriam Kalamian is a nutrition consultant, educator, author, and speaker with a passion for ketogenic therapies. She earned her Master’s in Education from Smith College and her Master’s in Human Nutrition from Eastern Michigan University. She’s board certified in nutrition by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists (CNS). Miriam was inspired by the groundbreaking work of Thomas Seyfried, who introduced her to the ketogenic diet for cancer a few years into her young son’s treatment for a devastating brain tumor. Now, in her book Keto for Cancer, Miriam demystifies the diet for those who want to apply this nutritional strategy as part of a metabolic approach to cancer

Guest Category: Education, Medicine, Science, Self Help